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Measuring trends in access to modern infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa: Results from Demographic and Health Surveys


  • Banerjee, Sudeshna
  • Diallo, Amadou
  • Wodon, Quentin


This short dissemination note provides a synthesis of key results from a recent study on access to infrastructure services in Africa. Using Demographic and Health Surveys from 22 countries that have conducted at least two such surveys between 1990 and 2005, we provide comparable estimates over time of access to electricity, piped water, flush toilets, and landline telephones. In addition to national, urban, and rural trends in access, we also provide a distributional analysis of how access rates have evolved between 1990 and 2005.

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  • Banerjee, Sudeshna & Diallo, Amadou & Wodon, Quentin, 2007. "Measuring trends in access to modern infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa: Results from Demographic and Health Surveys," MPRA Paper 10485, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:10485

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    1. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:15:y:2007:i:11:p:1-11 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Quentin Wodon & Amadou Bassirou Diallo, 2007. "Demographic Transition Towards Smaller Household Sizes and Basic Infrastructure Needs in Developing Countries," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(11), pages 1-11.
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    1. Amadou Bassirou Diallo & Sudeshna Banerjee & Vivien Foster & Quentin Wodon, 2009. "Is Low Coverage of Modern Infrastructure Services in African Cities due to lack of Demand or lack of Supply ?," Post-Print hal-00405400, HAL.

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    Electricity; piped water; flush toilets; landline phones; access rates; Africa;

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    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General

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